Hot Chip and 2 Bears’ very own Joe Goddard is releasing this coming April his first solo album called “Electric Lines’, synthesizers galore and amazing production, to be sure.

Thanks to Joe Goddard
Merci à : Jennifer / Domino
Photos : Marc Sethi
Interview : Patricia Tavares De Oliveira

Hello Joe, thank you for granting us this interview. What do you think will be the response to your solo album « Electric Lines »?
Either zombie Apocalypse or ‘meh’.

How long have you been meaning to put out a solo record?
I’ve been thinking about it for a few years; hatching plans, stealing other people’s ideas.

How does this fit with all your different parallel efforts?
It’s like the other stuff but better.

Tell us about « Electric Lines ». The inspiration, themes, what ties it all together?
It’s inspired by all of the electronic music I have loved in my life. It’s tied together by the pieces of equipment that I used to make it: the synthesizers mostly: Eurorack, Yamaha CS-80, Oberheim OBX-a, ARP 2600.

Tell us about the artwork.
The artwork is by one of my oldest friends Robert Bell. I gave him the album before it was completed and asked him if he would paint some pictures inspired by the music. I have collaborated with him a number of times, making music for his installations and working with him in my studio.


The video for « Music Is the Answer » is pretty wild. What is it about? What’s the message behind it?
It is about lonely satellites scanning the universe for other life forms.

What did you grow up listening to?
I grew up listening to mostly grunge and 90s hip-hop: Pavement, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Palace, Smog, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Souls of Mischief, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest.

A song or an artist you’ve been listening to obsessively lately?
The Supreme Jubilees: It’ll All Be Over. Amazing production and very poignant.

Do you have any rituals before going onstage?

Will you be touring for « Electric Lines »? If so, what should we expect from the live experience?
Me zorbing into the audience and vomiting unintentionally as the album plays off Spotify, with ads.